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Beading Q And A: Bead Patterns (7/25/2011)

2011 July 25

Sharon asks…

I’ve just started needle bead weaving. Are “Toho Treasure Beads” similar to Delicas or seed beads?


BeadGal answers:

Yes, they are essentially the same type, shape, size, etc, and both come in Size 11 and Size 8. Since you’re just starting out, using Delicas, or Toho Treasures, are nice as they are uniform in size and perfect for precision work. If you have a nearby bead store or needle craft store, I would visit them and get as much information as possible. Take a few classes, well worth your time.

Linda asks…

I need bead weaving patterns for looms – picture patterns.


Maria asks…

Bead weaving by hand?

Has anyone tried it? What would you all suggest….

BeadGal answers:

I would suggest a couple of great yahoogroups, as they have free tutorials, and great friendly help within the group. Try:

There are tons of things to make, and lots of good folks to help you out, plus lots of photos of things made, so you can get inspired.

Sandra asks…

How do I bead weave with OUT a loom?

I use to have a loom, but I can’t find it now….I know how to do it because I have done it before. I just haven’t done it in a long time and need my memory refreshed. I forget how to get started! (how many strings, ect.) So any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

BeadGal answers:

Hi! There’s all sorts of weaving you can do without a loom! (I’ve never, actually, used a loom for anything).

Here’s a couple of  links to get you started:

In the Bead Patterns Mag, you need to register, then login. Then you can go to “Home” and look under “Basic Stitch Info.”

Helen asks…

Where can I find patterns for bead woven animals?

The little ones people make out of seed beads and they are small and 3-D. Where do i find free patterns for those?

BeadGal answers:


Both these sites have patterns for three dimensional beading.

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